Running a successful restaurant takes more than just serving the best food; it requires above-average commitment from each employee, from the kitchen staff to the host and wait staff. Here are some practices an amazing restaurant might feature.
You might be serving the best food and investing in expensive ads, but if despite your best efforts you still are not seeing positive results, there may be other reasons your restaurant is not achieving as much success as it could. Here are some of areas you can begin focusing on first in order to see major improvement.
One of the characteristics that define a truly successful restaurant is that the staff pays extra attention to detail, especially in the kitchen where the most important restaurants functions take place. Ensure that there are plenty of available work spaces, that all appliances are running efficiently and that the staff has a general routine in place so that traffic can flow freely. Pay attention to cleanliness; all aspects should be considered, such as hood cleaning, grout and tile cleaning and surface disinfecting.
Create an environment that appeals to the senses and promotes a relaxing atmosphere. Install lighting that creates a warm, cozy feel and artwork that accommodates your color palate. Neutral colors often work best in a restaurant, but adding pops of bright colors can also make a world of difference. Consider playing soft music in the background for an added touch of elegance. It is important to find the appropriate decor that does not compete with the overall image your restaurant conveys. For example, if your menu primarily features Italian food, it would not make much sense to choose decor that does clearly reflect that brand. If you specialize in cooking up the best country fried chicken in town, it equally does not make sense to try to create a sophisticated, luxurious atmosphere.
Invite your staff to participate in team-building activities so they can get to know each other better. Most importantly, take time out of your busy schedule to establish connection with each employee. This is an important aspect of motivating your staff to be more invested in the restaurant they work at each day.